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Top Four

Posted on: November 1st, 2019 by Anne Fishel, Ph.D

This Top Four guessing game is wonderful for holiday gatherings and other times when you have lots of guests at the table!

Before the meal starts, every guest is given at least four slips of paper. Each person writes a phrase or item on each slip (for example, “Clean Sheets,” “Snakes,” “The Grateful Dead,” “Remembering a word you forgot”). The slips all go into a jar that’s placed in the middle of the table.

At dinner, one person starts as the leader. The leader randomly draws four slips of paper from the jar and reads them aloud. Then the leader privately puts the slips in order of their personal preference, from most favorite to least. At the same time, the other guests write down the order in which they think the leader would rank things.

When everyone is ready, the leader reads their list aloud, and anyone who has guessed the leader’s list order correctly gets a point! Now the game continues around the table, with each person taking a turn as leader. At the end of the game, whoever has the most points wins.